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Nambucca Heads


Spend some time to discover why locals and regular visitors call this Paradise.

Being the start of sub tropical Australia, Nambucca boasts a most enviable climate. Summer maximum temperatures are usually in the high 20’s and on the rare occasions when it is above 32 degrees C, a cooling sea breeze usually kicks in. Winter nights can be brisk but the days are mild and ocean temperature is around 20 degrees. Realistically it is possible to enjoy the surf on all but the bleakest winter days.


The clean, uncrowded beaches of Scotts Head, Nambucca Heads and Valla Beach have long been popular family holiday destinations. Some have made this their holiday destination or short getaway for over forty years – others are just now discovering the safe surfing conditions with waves to suit all levels, and the long, wide beaches of sand so clean it squeaks beneath your feet.


Fishing is a popular and rewarding recreation in the Nambucca. Choose from deep sea, beach, rock, estuary or fresh water angling. Boat hire operators, bait and tackle suppliers, staff at the Visitor Information Centre or fellow fishermen can advise where the best spots are located – when you do catch the big one, make sure you register it in the ‘Fish of the Month/Year’ competition.


The Nambucca River system begins its journey in the rainforests of the Great Dividing Range. Through rolling hills and fertile farmland the journey continues to the river town of Macksville where the main tributaries join. These inland waterways are ideal for canoes and small craft. The final stretch of river between Macksville and Nambucca Heads is the breeding ground of the famous Nambucca River Oyster. It is also a popular recreation area for water and jet skiing, sail-boarding and sailing. The other arm of the river system, Warrell Creek runs parallel to the coast from Nambucca Heads to Scotts Head before turning inland. This river is an angler and birdwatcher’s dream. Boat ramps are located at Nambucca Heads, Macksville, Gumma and Scotts Head. Small, light craft can be launched at many locations up-river.


 Golf, lawn bowls and many other sports can be enjoyed throughout the year. The challenging Nambucca Heads Island Golf Course must be Australia’s most picturesque; and the courses at Bowraville and Macksville would be amongst the friendliest. Bowlers will enjoy a game at Scotts Head, Macksville, Bowraville or Nambucca Heads.


Bushwalkers and birdwatchers can join local groups on regular treks through forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves and rural roads. There is even an area of rainforest complete with walking tracks in the centre of Nambucca Heads. River boardwalks and pathways at Nambucca Heads and Macksville provide easy, level walking surfaces. So that you can fully appreciate the views and atmosphere, seats have been strategically placed throughout all towns.


Nambucca’s history and heritage is well documented in museums at Nambucca Heads, Bowraville and Macksville. Many buildings from the early 1900’s have been restored to their former glory. These include Bowraville Theatre and heritage hotels in Bowraville, Macksville and Taylors Arm.


The Nambucca atmosphere awakens many artistic talents. Galleries and shops, featuring various works by locals, are scattered throughout the shire. Outdoor art displays are another feature of the area. Vibrant mosaics and murals at Scotts Head, Nambucca Heads, Bowraville and Yarriabini National Park brighten the streets and reserves. All visitors should wander along the colourful V Wall. This is a gallery of “postcards” painted by vis-itors – you are encouraged to add your thoughts.


Your accommodation options are many – from tent sites at basic camping grounds to luxury units, country resorts, waterside cabins and river houseboats. Staff at the Visitor Information Centre can help you find the place to suit your needs and budget.


Some of our events are a little unusual. You might like to trek 26 kilometres to the Pub With No Beer, enjoy a country race meeting at Bowraville Racecourse, listen to the huffing, puffing and chugging of old tractors at the Rusty Iron Rally, or admire the gleaming, colourful Hot Rods.


To experience the natural beauty, cultural richness and idealic lifestyle of the area it is best to leave the highway and explore the network of secondary roads and even some unsealed backroads.



The tiny villages of Eungai Rail & Eungai Creek mark the Nambucca Shire southern boundary. Timber was a prominent industry and a drive through the forest and Ngambaa Nature Reserve will provide spectacular views and probable encounters with fauna including wallabies, echidnas, goannas and other reptiles.



Scotts Head has been a popular destination for families and surfers for many years. Main Beach could possibly be Australia’s best – safe for all ages, good waves to ride, clean sandy stretches and accessible headlands. The Caravan Park is also a day recreation area with children’s playground, picnic tables and gas barbeques. Yarriabini National Park with The Pines Picnic Area and Mt Yarrahapinni Lookout is only minutes from Scotts Head, providing welcome relief when you are beached-out!



The river town of Macksville is the perfect place for motorists to break their journey – just turn off the highway to relax in the parks on either side of the river or around the billabong at the southern end of town. Better still, drive a few kilometres to the peaceful riverside picnic spots at Gumma or Talarm. Macksville is renowned for its food – delicious macadamia nut products, award winning sausages, hamburgers too big to get your mouth around, handmade chocolates and creamy fudge. The heritage of the area is evident in the Pioneer Cottage and two turn-of- the-century hotels.



The village of Taylors Arm is the location of the famous Pub With No Beer. Regardless of the words of the song, cool beer is on tap along with other drinks, meals and accommodation.


Soak up the picturesque countryside from the wide verandahs and learn about the early timber and farming industries from the many photographs and artifacts decorating the walls.



You must take time to visit the heritage town of Bowraville. The wide streets were built for bullock teams and many buildings survive in renovated splendour from the early 1900’s. The Folk Museum is recognised as one of the best in Australia and Frank Partridge VC Military Museum displays the history of Australian Armed Forces. Cafes, galleries, antiques and collectables plus the locals who enjoy a chat will make this a place to remember.



Nambucca Heads is a town with something for everyone. The beaches and river lure anglers, surfers, swimmers and boaters. Restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, clubs and taverns have taste delights and views to die for. The history of early settlement is shown in photographs and artefacts at the Headland Museum. Galleries and public art show the many local talents and visitors are invited to leave their art as a postcard on the massive boulders that make up the V Wall. If you want to get physical there’s golf, bowls and tennis plus a gym and indoor sports centre – or miles of walking tracks along the river and through the rainforest.



Valla Beach is just a couple of minutes off the highway and is the perfect hideaway – long sweeping beaches and picture postcard views will ensure you make a return visit. West of the highway is highly productive Valla Rural. Here the tasty macadamia nut has replaced the red cedar of yesteryear.


You may also discover some localities with weird sounding names – Congarinni, location of superb wetlands; Missabotti, the link between Bowraville and Bellingen; Burrapine, Thumb Creek and Girralong nestling at the edge of New England National Park, plus many more.


The Nambucca Valley is so easy to get to and a great place to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones.

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